This prayer was written in honor of Penelope Carscaddon, an artist and member of St. John's, and in dedication of the fourteen Stations of the Cross she created and gave to the church:
A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Penelope and for All Artists
Creator God, we give thanks for all your children and today we give special thanks for Penelope and all artists. We give thanks for the way that Penelope’s work—its form, its color, its lines—open us to your mysterious Spirit in new ways. We rejoice in the work of all artists who use their gifts to serve you and praise you.
We give thanks for the multitude of ways you bless us, for the diverse ways you use our hands, our minds, our bodies and our hearts so that we might reflect your loving-kindness and continually deepen our understanding of you.
We give thanks for Penelope and her gifts as an artist and as a beloved child of God. We give thanks for these Stations of the Cross, which will lead us into the journey of Lent which lies ahead. May they bless each person who travels the journey of Christ’s passion as they walk in your Way.
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.
The Stations of the Cross were dedicated on February 15, 2009